I’m a Maine mom with a culinary arts degree and a passion for all things sweet, salty, and delicious. I have over a dozen years of working professionally with food, and a passion for getting a good meal into my family’s belly and teaching home cooks how to cook!

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Real. Approachable. Everyday Food.

Barefoot In The Pines is the place where I bring you family friendly meals with a touch of New England flair. I’ve adapted many classic New England favorites to be quicker, easier to prep, and even make ahead (like Boston Baked Beans in the slow cooker) so that you can fit a good meal into your busy day!

I have a ton of tips, ingredient substitutions, and time-saving hacks that will not only make your life easier but give you that extra boost of confidence in the kitchen!

The Mission of Barefoot In The Pines

The goal of Barefoot In The Pines is to give you the confidence to get in the kitchen and make a spectacular meal for the family and try a recipe you’ve always wanted to make!

We’re here to make things as clear and simple as possible. I can’t help it, I’m a New Englander and we like everything simple and to the point.

About Michelle

I’m a born and bred Mainer with a serious passion for cooking. From classic New England Chowder, to homemade baked goods, and indulgent cheesecakes, I love nothing more than spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious meals for my friends and family.

Cooking Career

Food and creating dishes have always been a passion of mine. After graduating high school, I enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Southern Maine Community College.

Immediately following graduation, I received a job opportunity to work in a bakery, which was a dream of mine.

I worked at the Big Sky Bread in Portland for two years, where I met my now husband and learned so much about baking, timing, and how to properly flip loaves of bread out of a loaf pan.

After leaving the bakery I worked in the corporate world for a bit all while starting my own bakery “Ragamuffins Baking Co”. There I specialized in cheesecakes, cookies, and custom cakes.

After having my kiddo in 2017, I became a stay-at-home mom, and I pursued my passion for recipe development and educating others with the blog and developing recipes for sites like Mashed and Health Digest. I still can’t believe I get to call this “work”!

But even with all that experience under my belt, there’s nothing quite like cooking for the people I love. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of homemade blueberry muffins or slow cooking something savory for supper, there’s always something delicious happening in my kitchen.

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Featured In

Here are some of the publications where Barefoot In The Pines has been featured!

New England Dishes

So what makes a dish authentically New England?

Well for starters using seasonal ingredients that come from our drastic seasons and stunning coastlines.

It’s no secret that seafood is a way of life, especially lobster, juicy white fishes like haddock and cod, and creamy fish chowder.

For produce, we celebrate our berries and garden. We are particularly fond of blueberries– loading them into cookies, crisps and crumbles, muffins, and even BBQ sauce!

New England food is very simple.

We like fresh ingredients and a little bit of salt and pepper. But more than ingredients, New England cuisine is about sharing a meal with friends and family.

Whether it’s warming up over a big bowl of chili after shoveling snow with the neighbors or ending a perfect summer day with a scoop of fresh strawberry ice cream, there’s a reason why Maine’s motto is “the way life should be”!

Favorite Dishes to Make

I’m a baker by nature, and my love language is cheesecake. I’m partial to a traditional NY Style Cheesecake, especially mini cheesecakes .

When it comes to breakfast, I’m absolutely a sweets girl. These Orange Almond Muffins on the blog right now are my favorite breakfast treat, and I of course love a warm batch of blueberry muffins.

Cookies are my weakness, especially anything with a “chip” in it is my favorite. I’m obsessed with these white chocolate chip cookies.

Hobbies

Well, it shouldn’t be a secret that I’m obsessed with cooking–especially baking.

My other hobbies include various crafting and art projects, I can’t help it, I just love making stuff!

I’m a big fan of downtime if I can find any! When I do, I listen to a lot of podcasts, hike with my furry pup named Duke, and spend time with my hubs and kiddo.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you take away a good recipe, a chuckle or two, and create a memory of your own to pass on.